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Villa Il Mosaico
Ranked #35 of 302 Speciality Lodging in Florence
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Crozet
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Very clean and attractive place to stay...”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This place is lovely and would have received an 'Excellent' had it not been for the location. The apartments are clean, spacious and attractive. The courtyard is beautiful as well as the rooftop terrace. The terrace is good as a getaway after a long day of walking. No view though... The bathroom was clean, but the shower controls were either not working or not very easy to understand. Monica, the manager, was very helpful and nice.
The only downside is the location. It is out of the downtown area which I thought would be a plus, but the villa is located in an area that is a bit shady. A tram, which leaves you off at the train station (not a great area to be dropped off) is needed to access the downtown area. The tram turned out to be an inconvenience. As I walked around downtown Florence, I began to think that it would have been better to stay near all of the museums. Restaurants and shopping was located in the downtown area. All of the great experiences of being near the locals was in the downtown area. There was not much of anything near the villa. They have great security with two electronically locked gates, but it makes you wonder why.
Overall, it was a great place to stay, but after experiencing Florence, I would have chosen a location near the attractions of the city.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

I suggest "Villa il Mosaico" to everybody who loves the elegance and the comfortable places.
The apartment was AMAZING and the hospitality of the owner was excellent. If I will come back in Florence I will book again there, surely!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Our family of five stayed in one of the large apartments for two nights. We were given a very friendly welcome with a map and directions to sights, stores, etc... The apartment was very clean and large enough for everyone to spread out. The kids especially loved the loft area where they could "escape". The complex is definitely off the beaten path, but is quiet and felt very secure. It was an easy walk to the tram and large grocery store where we were able to pick up breakfast items and other supplies. The washing machine access was a big bonus as well. We did have some ants in the kitchen, and the extremely complicated shower/tub appeared to have some knobs not functioning properly. However, these were minor issues that would not prevent me from staying again!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 July 2014

nicely renovated old villa around a courtyard, room came with kitchenette where the sofabed was, shared washingmachine was handy after a week of travelling elsewhere. Close to a great supermarket, transport by tram into heart of old Florence very easy and about 6-7 mins. Was also pleasantly walkable along the River Arno, across the historic bridges with great gelato stops along the way. Some decent espresso bars and surprisingly good punjabi Indian diner nearby, but for these, choices much better downtown.

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms were great, but overall a quiet place.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Stayed here with my family, 2 adults and 2 kids aged 12 and 10 just for one night, we all wished it had been for longer. These apartments were fantastic, very neat and clean and comfortable. Nice quiet location but an easy walk to get the tram into the city. We easily found parking on the street outside to leave our rental car. A short walk to the supermarket to get supplies. Would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Beautiful apartment, stunning balcony and very friendly and helpful staff. Located a bit off the main path makes it quieter and gives you a more local feel. 5 minute walk to the tram that goes downtown. Buy a bottle of Chianti and relax the long summer evening away on the balcony.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We stayed at the Villa Il Mosaico two nights. We arrived on a Sunday and left on Tuesday Morning.

Let me start by mentioning some of the things we loved about this place. First the owners met us with a smile and were very accommodating and absolutely warm and helpful. The Apartment (we were in suite #1 upstairs) was spotlessly clean and had obviously been updated recently so it was up to date in many ways. There was complimentary juice and water in fridge, new appliances, (coffee maker, microwave) coffee and tea, free wifi and air conditioning. It was private and quiet. It is truly an interesting and unique place.

Sadly our experience here was not as great as one might have expected. Much of that is less due to the Villa itself and so I include this with a bit of trepidation. As beautiful as the apartment was, it will probably be a week or so before the lumps on my head from hitting ceiling beams will go away. The rooms, kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom all have a high side, but also have a very low side. Sitting at the table involved a bent over trip to the table. A low beam in the bathroom shower meant that washing ones hair in the shower involved working around the beam in the shower.

The kitchen had only one plug-in, so it meant unplugging the fridge to make tea or coffee or use the microwave, or moving the appliances to a nearby plug (setting them on the garbage can worked.) The rooms themselves are quite dark, though the second day we did find that there are skylights that could be opened, but did not know that and were not told.

The Villa was quite hard to find, and our taxi had to stop and look at a map a couple times.

Lots of TA reviewers mentioned the local Pizzeria nearby. Sadly, it and every other place to eat
within a 20 minute walking distance was closed on Sunday and Monday so did not get a chance to try them at all. Ended having to by food at a local supermarket and figuring out which appliance we needed to use one at a time. (Did you know that rotisserie chicken in the supermarket tastes just like the ones in a Canadian Safeway! Must be a universal recipe!)

While not a negative as such, (more of an FYI) one must remember that this is a villa so no maid service without extra cost.

This is a nice out of the way quiet place, but that also means that it is quite a ways from major attractions.

Oh, yes, if you are on the top floor, there are lots of stairs.

It our only time in Florence was other than a weekend, we would most likely chose to stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Il Mosaico
Address: 15 R Via di Monticelli 9, 50143, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 302 Speciality Lodging in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Il Mosaico 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This new private apartments residence is an ideal home to live Florence either for leisure or a business stay.The restauration of this ancient building respecting its original architecture, offers today deluxe suitescomposed of kitchen and sitting-room, bedroom,bathroom. The location is close to the neighborhood of San Frediano, and only a few minutes by tramway or bus from the historical city center7suites, 3superior double-rooms. ... more   less 
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